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American Fare

A prison cook reflects on her daughter as she prepares a prisoner's last meal.

"See what I mean? Fussiness knows no bounds. Not even for inmates. We don’t serve shit-on-a-shingle, but sometimes you’d never believe it. Last week Brenda and me whipped up fifteen pans of German chocolate cake and don’t you know some idiot come up to Brenda complaining about the “presentation,” said his mama always made German chocolate cake in two layers, not in a sheet pan. Everybody’s a critic."

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Last Meals

“It’s just like putting gas in a car that don’t have no motor.”

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How Crazy Is Too Crazy to Be Executed?

Andre Thomas cut out his children’s hearts and removed his own eyes. Texas considers him sane.

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Joe Arridy Was The Happiest Man On Death Row

Joe Arridy had an IQ of 46. In 1939, he was executed for a crime he neither understood nor committed.

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Innocence Lost

In 1992, Anthony Graves was arrested for brutally murdering a family in the middle of night. He had no motive. There was no physical evidence. The only witness recanted. And yet Graves remains behind bars.